Dermot Seymour

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b. in Belfast (1956). Lives and works in Mayo, Ireland

“Dermot Seymour’s picture knows what it is doing but does not end up, as so much art of this sort does, merely looking knowing. What strikes you first is not the decodable constituent of the picture but the overall oddity of it, and that the impression of not having got to the bottom of it remains no matter how long you stay with it. The world is viewed here from an enchanted distance. It is made strange and new by the yoking together of heterogeneous things like a Russian helicopter and a wild duck, wildflowers that might have come from Botticelli, and a dead fish that seems to have escaped Hieronymous Bosch; it is also made at one entrancing and inscrutable by the actual quality of the painting itself, where the representation is exactly as it described in the catalogue-namely ‘in a style approaching photorealism… [which] creates a bizarre, almost surreal atmosphere’.”

– Seamus Heaney, Fish, Flesh and Fowl, A Retrospective, (2011)

 

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Link to previous shows;

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Fliskmahaigo, 20 November – 20 December 2014

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Hibernium: A Trip Across the Head of Ireland, 4 February – 3 March 2010

Eyed, 14 September – 20 October 2007